Posted 9/21/2010 by cal
Critics can chide Stephen Malkmus
in their sleep for his obstinate lack of enthusiasm in fronting his old band; it’s as tired a tack as the group’s slacker legacy demands. Fans of Pavement
are just happy that the old tensions between Malkmus and guitarist Scott Kannberg
haven’t arisen and sabotaged this reunion tour. Early on in the tour, the band’s languid approach may have resulted in some uninspired shows (AHEM Pitchfork
), but there was no trace of laziness at the Pabst Theater
on Tuesday night--except in the audience, where that old 90s lethargy was alive and well in the mostly seated and/or motionless crowd.